Russian flag will not fly during the 2018 Winter Olympics

Russian flag will not fly during the 2018 Winter Olympics

Last summer, facing similar calls to exclude Russia from the Rio Olympics, the IOC pushed the decision onto the worldwide federations of individual sports, allowing them to choose which Russian athletes could compete. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.

The president of the Russian skating union has described the decision of offensive and insulting. However, this information was not was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Russian Federation hosted the last Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, an event where they finished fourth in the medal race. The nation's deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, was Russia's top sports official during the 2014 Sochi Games and was directly implicated by Rodchenkov.

Russian lawmakers and other officials quickly rejected the International Olympic Committee decision, saying it was influenced by politics.

The IOC also ordered the ROC to reimburse the costs of the IOC investigation and to contribute $15 million to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority.

The Russian Olympic team has been barred from competing in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, The New York Times reported.

On Tuesday, the world of global athletics was upended by some of the biggest news in modern Olympics history.

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It said this confirmed the "unprecedented nature of the cheating scheme and, as a effect, the exceptional damage to the integrity of the IOC, the Olympic Games and the entire Olympic Movement".

"The IOC took a strong and principled decision", the USOC said in a statement.

The report by IOC-appointed investigator Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland who was asked to verify an "institutional conspiracy", included a 50-page sworn affidavit from Rodchenkov, who was also a key witness for McLaren and an International Olympic Committee disciplinary commission.

The commission based its findings on an independent report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and published a year ago.

Tuesday's decision may have major consequences for another major sports event, next year's $11 billion soccer World Cup in Russian Federation. Investigators say Russian officials went to elaborate means to ensure a better showing - and it worked, as Russia's athletes more than doubled their medal count by winning 33 medals (13 of them gold), the most of any country.

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